Caleb Ewan sprints to victory in Belgium Tour stage 3, Evenepoel keeps GC lead
Jun 12 2021 07:22 am CET

Caleb Ewan sprints to victory in Belgium Tour stage 3, Evenepoel keeps GC lead
Caleb Ewan sprints to victory in Belgium Tour stage 3, Evenepoel keeps GC lead
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Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) has taken the win at the third stage of the Belgium Tour while Remco Evenepoel has maintained the lead of the General Classification.

The third stage of the Belgian competition took the riders between Gingelom and Scherpenheuvel-Zichem over a rolling 174.4-kilometre route that was bound to finish in a bunch sprint. In the slightly uphill last kilometre, the Australian sprinted to victory and got his 50th win in his professional career.

"I am really impressed by what my teammates did today", said Ewan. "They brought me into a perfect position before that final climb and at the top, we were all together. Then they basically pulled into the headwind all the way to the finish and no one came around us. I think we were only with four guys left as we had to use a few more teammates than we wanted to chase the breakaway and that's what makes it even more impressive.

"I am really lucky to have such strong and smart teammates. We've integrated Tosh Van der Sande and Harry Sweeny in the lead-out as well, a first time at the UAE Tour and now here again and I think that was maybe what we were missing a little, those two guys in front of Jasper and Roger. Although it had been months since we've all raced together and did a sprint, they just did the perfect job."

"Obviously, tomorrow's Ardennes stage will be quite hard but I'll use it as a training. Of course, I hope to be back up there on Sunday for another sprint. It would be nice to go into the Tour with at least one more win, but I am happy with how I am feeling now. As a sprinter, confidence is your biggest weapon. I feel like everything's on track."



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